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Iraq (1920-1924)

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Sources do not agree about the flags used in Iraq during this period.

Flag of Iraq, 1920 (?)

[Iraq flag, 1920]
image by Željko Heimer

According to Alexander & Smith [aLe92], the earliest flag of Iraq (then called Mesopotamia) was based on the flag of the Kingdom of Hejaz. It was a horizontal tricolor, ratio 1:2, black-green-white, with a red equilateral triangle extending from the hoist, carrying two seven-pointed white stars, one above the other. This flag was used from 1920 to 1921.
Jaume Ollé, 10 April 1999


1921 flag (?)

[Iraq flag, 1921]
image by Željko Heimer

According to [Alexander & Smith [aLe92], the flag was then used without stars from 1921 to 1924.
Jaume Ollé, 10 April 1999

[Smith's Flags Through the Ages and Around the World [smi75c] shows this flag for 1919-1920.
Ivan Sache, 05 April 1999


1922 Flag (?)

[Iraq flag, 1922] image by Željko Heimer

[Smith's Flags Through the Ages and Around the World [smi75c] shows for 1920-1924 a black-white-green flag, still without stars.
Ivan Sache, 05 April 1999

The latter flag was in use in 1958 when the Kingdom confederated with Jordan but a coup d'état ended both the Kingdom and the Confederation.
Jaume Ollé, 10 April 1999

Faisal was the son of Hussein, the leader of the Arab revolt and therefore it make sense that he used the flag of his father. His brother, Abdullah did the same in Jordan. There was no reason for using the Hijaz flag before that time since Iraq was not part of the Hijaz Kingdom.
Dov Gutterman, 12 April 1999